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I'm still amazed at Korean generosity towards the girls
Sunday afternoon, Chris decided that we should head out to the Cheong Gye Cheon (Cheong Gye Stream). It is a newly renovated stream/park a little north of where we live. It recently opened up and people have been telling me that it is a nice area to take the family to. It is close to Myeongdong, the place that Chris and I like to go to for DimSum and on our dates. So, we took a taxi to Myeongdong first. We decided to treat the girls to ice cream or smoothies (they chose smoothies) and then we got some coffee for us at Coffee Bean. After that, we started walking towards the Cheong Gye Cheon. It was a nice day (a little too windy sometimes but besides that, nice) and there were a lot of people out and about.

We got to the Cheong Gye Cheon and Maya was so excited. She saw the stepping stones going across the stream and remembered the stream near the old 5-story walkup we stayed in before moving to our current apartment. She loved going to that stream and going back and forth across the stones. We headed down the steps to the main stream area.

We walked up and down the stream and across it a few times too. There were some bridges as well as the stones.

At one end, we saw a performance going on on top of one of bridges, so we headed back up to street level to check it out. Turned out to be a bellydancing troupe! We stayed to watch the performance, the girls loved the colorful dresses and I enjoyed the dancing...Chris enjoyed everything. ;-)

At the end of their performance, they grabbed people out of the audience to come up and dance with them. One of the girls headed straight for me! I grabbed Nadia to come with me too. I tried to get Maya to come too, but she's way too shy for something like this. She and Chris hung back to take pictures instead. The girl spoke English, so she talked to me a little bit and of course paid a lot of attention to Nadia. :-) When the music started playing, Nadia started dancing and all was fine. Then the girl told her to turn around so that Chris could take her picture. But Nadia thought she was tell her to go to Daddy and she wanted to just keep dancing! That's when the tears started.

We both tried to get her to stop crying until the girl took off the jingly part of her dance outfit. She put that around Nadia and suddenly Nadia wasn't crying anymore!

What was really amazing though was the fact that she said that Nadia could keep it! WOW! We were getting ready to leave and I was trying to untie it when the girl said, "No, it is a gift for her!". What?! No way! I thought for sure that something got lost in the translation, but then they all started to get ready to leave and the dancer was putting on her coat and walking off. Wow!

The troupe leader came over to us and told us that they are having another performance next Sunday at 2pm at the main plaza of the Cheong Gye Cheon. I think we are going to try to go again. :-) Maya said she wants to try to dance next time. LOL All the women seemed to speak really good English...wonder if they would take on another student. ;-)

I put up more pictures on my ScrapBook Gallery.

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sammykate From: sammykate Date: March 27th, 2006 09:13 am (UTC) (Link)
What a nice day! I love bellydancers. I have often thought about taking a class myself...

Poor little Nadia -- so sweet that the girl worked so hard to make her feel better. And, once again, Maya is so like Justice. Justice will almost always hang back and watch the first time. But then, when she does try something new, she's usually good at it right from the start.
gnotobiotically From: gnotobiotically Date: March 27th, 2006 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)

I love this picture!
You and Nadia both look totally adorable!

Wow! There are SO many people in every picture!
I'm so used to this little place that it'll probably be quite an adjustment to be in a larger city!
wendy_in_md From: wendy_in_md Date: March 28th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I love this pic, too. Nadia looks so much like you...you can really see it in this pic...the same shape face (cheeks, jaw line, smile, how your cheeks form that smile line from your nose down past your smile). Great pic, and that green is such a good color on Nadia. Do you have anything that color? I bet it would look gorgeous on you.
gnotobiotically From: gnotobiotically Date: March 28th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)
=P Her scarf is a lovely shade of green.
It's not quite as 'pastel' as the jingly/tie-thing Nadia is proudly displaying.
wendy_in_md From: wendy_in_md Date: March 28th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't even notice the scarf. Sorry, Priya! I guess I was guilty of being distracted by Nadia's sweetness. ;)
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: March 28th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
No problem! Yeah, my scarf is a deeper green - I think you can see it better in some of the other pictures I have up in the Gallery.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: March 28th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, thanks Thomas! I liked this picture too. :-)

Funny thing, though, there weren't that many people there as in other areas of Seoul on Sunday. Sometimes it can get so crowded that it feels like a sardine container!
From: gabbytheguy Date: March 27th, 2006 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
That looked like a really fun day out...I have to admit I chuckled seeing all three of you in your jean jackets...

Also, I detect some more red in your hair...

Seoul looks like such an amazing place.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: March 28th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the jean jacket thing was cute. :-) We tried to get Chris to wear his as well, but his is black anyway. :-p

No more red than before, but the sun really brings out the color in my hair. I was shocked at the redness in the pictures! Pleasantly shocked though. :-)
shortindiangirl From: shortindiangirl Date: March 27th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
> jingly part of her dance outfit

Hip scarf.
It can be worn in a variety of ways though.

It was really cool to see Korean belly dancers. Mind if your photo makes it to my troupe community email group ?

They say that young girls who learn how to isolate, dance and move their hips have an emotionally and hormonally easier time during puberty and later too. They say that dancers have different genetic makeup than those who innately don't enjoy dancing.

Also, I highly recommend learning how to Zaghareet in preparation to be an audience member next Sunday. It's fun and your kids and the performers are sure to love it. Here are some tips and a wav. file to help:

shortindiangirl From: shortindiangirl Date: March 27th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
hose hip scarves are kinda expensive. In the U.S. that one would have cost at least $35 if not more (has scalloped edging and dense coins).
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: March 28th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
You can share the pictures, definitely! :-) I did think of you when we saw the dancers.

That's interesting what you said about girls who learn dance. Maya wants to learn, but she is very shy of audiences. She doesn't want people to look at her at all. But she loves the outfits and the music.

Thanks for the link! I shall definitely check it out!
shortindiangirl From: shortindiangirl Date: March 27th, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
And oh, if you're thinking of being the other student, I highly recommend it. For me, it was a discovery of the woman within, and a weekly hour to focus on my beauty, my energy and feel good about myself. I love it. And the costumes are something I'll bet you would so enjoy.
shortindiangirl From: shortindiangirl Date: March 27th, 2006 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love this picture you have here of Chris. Best I've seen yet... hot man indeed.

Cute kids. I enjoyed looking at the pics of you with your children. Allows me to imagine. I guess it's the idea that I connect with this awesome mom of 2, as a peer. Allows me to imagine that I too can get there maybe...

I've seen this area when it was in the design phase several years ago. It was a Taiwanese friend of mine who did research on it and presented an alternative to this design to correct what he thought were the deficiencies of it. I hadn't even remembered that it was in Korea. I remember the stepping stones as something he wanted to arrange more in random, and across several streams rather than just one large one. I had forgotten all about that. It's really cool to have some odd and dusty memory come out of nowhere.

My teacher would kill these women on their arm positions...

Thanx for the pics.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: March 28th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
It seemed to me that the troupe was made up of women of all ages...and levels of ability. They were shy, as if this might of been one of their first times performing. But they were having fun. I have some pics of the woman who seemed likes she was the leader of the troupe. I can post them for you if you'd like to see.

That's interesting about you remembering that memory of your friend! Was it really this area? We only went to part of the area newly opened, and there are supposedly more shopping and public areas further down from where we were.
xpapergirl From: xpapergirl Date: March 27th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful wonderful pics! Your girls are gorgeous, your man is hot, and you are radient!

What a sweet afternoon!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: March 28th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! :-)
io_storm From: io_storm Date: March 27th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
She looks fabulous in her new jingly scarf.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: March 28th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Both the girls have been enjoying playing with it at home too.
From: happysurveyor Date: March 27th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's such a beautiful story, I'm really touched!

I used to do classes in belly dancing, you can't help feeling really feminine and sensual when you do it - definitely try it!

eleme From: eleme Date: March 28th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful story and such awesome pictures! Like I've said before, Chris is awesome to just keep snapping away with the camera - lol! I bet Nadia was very pleased with her scarf gift, that last picture in the set is my favorite, she's walking along with such pride and confidence - so beautiful! Oh! And your hair is lovely!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: March 28th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that last picture too! She seems like such a big girl in that one. :-)
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